'Machete' Slices Competition At Friday Box Office

'The American' is hot on the heels of the action flick.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 "Machete" ($3.9 million)

#2 "The American" ($3.8 million)

#3 "Takers" ($3 million)

#4 "The Last Exorcism" ($2.3 million)

#5 "Going the Distance" ($2.2 million)

"Machete" was a cut above the competition in a close Friday box-office race crowded with new releases. According toreports, the sexed-up, action-packed Robert Rodriguez-directed film took first place with $3.9 million on Friday.

However, the star-heavy caper, which boasts performances from Jessica Alba and Danny Trejo, and a buzzed-about screen turn from Lindsay Lohan, just barely slipped past The American." The George Clooney thriller, which revolves around an assassin who lands in Italy for a final job, kicked off the weekend with $3.8 million. Friday's haul bumps the film's cumulative take to $7 million since the movie landed in theaters on Wednesday.

Rounding out an action-heavy top three, "Takers" pulled in $3 million during its second Friday in theaters. Although the film opened at #1 last weekend, it appears news of the film's star T.I.'s arrest hasn't completely doused the fire of the heist flick. The film also boasts appearances from Idris Elba and singer Chris Brown, who has recently triumphed on the music charts with his single "Deuces." The movie has made an estimated $29.5 million since landing in theaters.

The horror movie "The Last Exorcism," which nabbed the second-place slot in a photo-finish box-office race against "Takers" last week, slipped to the #4 spot. The creep-fest raked in $2.3 million during its second Friday on screens, which nudged its total gross to $27 million.

The rom-com "Going the Distance," starring Drew Barrymore and real-life on-and-off beau Justin Long, debuted in fifth place. The movie, which follows a young couple working to sustain the spark in their long-distance relationship, scored $2.2 million in ticket sales.

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